Sunday, August 17


Last summer I began blogging. I believe that this started because I wanted to leave a comment somewhere, and I couldn't leave it anonymously.

Oh, how the world opened for me on that day!

I began my journey as a scrapbooker, and I found so many sites to feed my archiving appetite. I discovered some wonderful local stores and attended several CK events. My oldest son's scrapbook is the satisfying result of many scrapbooking magazine subscriptions, some 'crops,' and hours of blog surfing. It's pretty cool.

My second son's book is started but not even close to completed.

You see, I was distracted.

Scrapbooking is an awesome way to document a life, an event, a birthday party. It's a great way to showcase all those photos. (And I did rediscover my camera -- and buy a new one -- when I started scrapbooking.) It has been my jumping-off place . . .

But, when I thought about how I wanted to document Kiran's babyhood, I wanted to go beyond a 12x12 page -- incorporate some vintage books and some collage. A little paint maybe. Some fabric and metal. And I remembered the books that Linda Harre created for her twin grandsons. They were featured in Somerset Studios Memories in the spring and summer of 2007. (You can find the posts that relate to these books on Linda's blog beginning in June 2006.)

So, here is my beginning. I started with a trip to Baldwin's Book Barn this afternoon, where I bought a series of eight books called "My Book of History - A Picturesque Tale of Progress." Could the titles be any more appropriate? (I wonder how long it will take me to get through all eight volumes.)


  1. this is going to be a treasure Leslie! I wonder if you'll be able to hand it over when it's done:)

  2. Leslie...this look like the start of a beautiful and meaningful project. I look forward to seeing the pages filled over time.

  3. you did good, missy.

    you found the perfect start
    for your baby*book
    for kiran.

    he doesn't even have a clue
    how lucky he is,
    does he?


    are you doing all 8 vols.
    for kiran

    are you putting out
    ----->a hint
    for 7 more cutie~pies?
    i am wondering....

  4. Leslie -
    I love the outside of your new journal - I have the book by Corey Moortgat and I just they way she does her scrapbooking, I've wanted to do that type of book for the longest time. I love the book title you found - great score!! keep us posted on your progress and you have inspired me to start Alrik's year 9 in this style. Like you I have gone onto other types of art but I truly love working on my scrapbooks.

    take care,

  5. Leslie - I am so embarrassed - that comment - down there - is supposed to be up here - you're getting ahead of my slow - sweet girl...

    xox - eb.

    now to switchy swappy - for down there - THAT is a rich and lovely page...

    I call so we aren't confused - see you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!!!!!!!!!!

    xox - eb.

  6. So glad you came on this journey Leslie. And that we got met & get to connect!! Your book Beginnings for Kiran looks spectacular!! What an amazing gift and piece of art too!